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Wenger's Seven Deadly Sins

Wenger's Seven Deadly Sins

There are a few glaring weaknesses in how Wenger runs the club that I don`t think a lot of us would deny.

1) Giving too much time for players to prove themselves. Whilst we have produced a lot of world class players with this philosophy, it has also hindered us from achieving our real potential. For example playing the likes of Vieira, Bergkamp, Henry et c., with Stepanov, Cygan, et c. Playing RvP, Fab & Nasri with Senderos, Almunia, Denilson, Diaby. These flops were given the luxury of at least 2 seasons to prove how bad they were when they would not even be given 2 games in other top clubs.

2) Not attacking the opponent's weaknesses and not protecting our own weaknesses. We rarely change a game plan to take advantage of the opponent's weakness. Fat Sam attacked Fabianski with aerial challenges when he identified the keeper as the team's weakest link. Many teams attacked us with long balls to the flank when they know our fullbacks are always in the other half. Of course, our weakness in defending set pieces is legendary and well exploited. Mourinho once commented that playing us was easy because the game plan never changed no matter who played. He never lost a game against Wenger. These weaknesses were identified more than 6-7 years ago and they are still plaguing the team. If you could not right a wrong in more than 300 games, there must be some serious problems.

3) Wages equality policy. Until Citeh came into picture, our total wages were very close to ManU & Chelsea when Fab was still on 80k and RvP 60k. Considering Rooney, Ronaldo, Lampard, Terry etc were earning more than 130k then, it shows how flawed our policy was - and still is.

4) Not considering the players' ability in a tactical game plan. Diaby as a left winger, Walcott as right winger, Denilson as defensive midfielder and Jenkinson as wingback? Even Djourou came in as wingback on the right against Blackburn if memory serves me right. Need I say more?

5) Haggling for pennies. In the past we lost C. Ronaldo when he indicated he wanted to play for us as his idol was Henry then. We refused to pay for him. In recent years, there were countless players that we lost just because we refused to pay another million or 2.

6) Renewing contracts too late. It has to do with the stingy nature of how the club is run. Clubs commonly sign players for 4 years and renew every 2. We do not start serious negotiation until the 3rd year just to save on the signing on fees I suppose. As the contracts run nearer to expiry, the players' bargaining power increases and we have to pay more ultimately. Nevertheless, in most cases, we did not end up paying more because we either lose them on a Bosman (Edu & Flamini) or we were forced to sell on cheap - classic example of being penny wise pound foolish.

7) Not doing the math. We paid about £13m for Nasri. He was here for 3 seasons, playing no more than 30 games per season or about 50% of the total fixtures. (Author's correction: * Nasri did play more than 30 games per season in total. Nevertheless we did lose him for many games in the 3 years) He was paid about 60k (more than £9 mil over 3 years). Adding the signing on fees, he cost us about £25m to make him the star he is today and Citeh paid us just that. Same applied to Adebayor and Fab. We are not getting a good deal in the end because for every good player, we have produced at least 3 Denilsons, Senderos' and Diabies.

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Date:Thursday October 6 2011
Time: 12:33PM


On point 1- how long did Ferguson hold onto Brown and O'Shea? Still has Jonny Evans and Darron Gibson too. Chelsea and Kalou? Mikel? All clubs have squad players. On point 4- didn't Valencia play at right back for United's last match? Fletcher and Carrick played as centre halves last season. City have deployed Balotelli as a left winger this season. Teams ask players to do different jobs sometimes. Look at VdV's comments this week about playing on the right wing v Arsenal. 6- wrong since Dein left. Nasri was offered deals well before this summer. You can't always legislate for a player running a deal down, unless you can afford to give them the sky. We can't. 7- contradicts point 5 somewhat.
Little Dutch
06/10/2011 13:22:00
Similar comments to those of LD: 1. Do you know how many games did Henry have to play for AFC before he scored his first goal? Inter Milan did not have a lot of patience with a certain Mr. Bergkamp, we all now how that turned out. 3. That worked more-less to the same degree for the championship winning teams. 4. You can have max 7 players on the bench not eleven. Some positions are well and some less covered.
06/10/2011 13:32:00
I think you can look at any manager and find fault, I suppose the bonus is that in wenger perhaps he only has seven faults to worry about. Lets be honest, some of those may very well be justified, but I am betting 99% of you would look upon him as one of the greats and he has done wonders for you as a club. As a Spurs fan I may like the opportunity to have a dig at him, but I would have loved to see him making those SEVEN mistakes for us over the last fifteen years...
06/10/2011 14:17:00
I am inclined to agree with points 1,2,3 and 4 in their entirity.Not so sure about the other 3 points though,albeit i contend that you are not unreasonable to suggest them!!! That being said though, I do not think any objective gooner will disagree that Wenger's misplace faith and loyalty in quite a number of fairly mediocre squad members, has over the last 6 seasons, contributed to what can best be termed as our "loss of invincibility" on the playing side of things. I suspect that Wenger will not divert from his ways but I sincerely hope and pray that the next 31 games of the Premier League Season will bring more joy than sorrow to us Gooners..Up The Arse!!!!!
06/10/2011 14:27:00
Spurs fan here. I'll try and give an honest opinion. Firstly Wenger inherited as good a back line as I have seen in my 27 yrs. It hasn't been replaced. during the purple patch Wenger had as Arsenal manager he by luck or judgement found the blue print for what is pretty much the perfect team (again part of that was the great defence). Arsenal were rock solid at the back, Tough in centre midfield, pace out wide with loads of goals and had an absolutely lethal striker who did a lot more than just score. For one reason or another he seems to have strayed from this blue print. Why has he not identified the next His new Viera was Diaby. His new Pires was Rosicky. Basically, when quality players have left, they have not been replaced with players that are as good.
06/10/2011 15:23:00
Point #2 is by far the most relevant & the only real quibble I have with AW's management of our club
06/10/2011 15:54:00
Was the backline Wenger inherited better than the back line he put together that went a season unbeaten?
06/10/2011 16:00:00
Lauren - Toure - Campbell - Cole was every bit as good as the defence he inherited. It's a common misconception that Wenger could concentrate on his attacking options because the foundations had already been laid for him.
06/10/2011 16:15:00
LD Utd won that match with Valencia at rb, evans and gibson were part of a title winning team, seevral times. Balotelli played left in the game city won. Don;t you notice the slight differences between their results and ours. Manager DO play players out of position but not for 3 years!!! Couldn't agree with point 5 more, it doesn't contradict point 7 as they haggled over pennies and lost out, where doe sthat contradict point 7?
06/10/2011 16:45:00
Agree & disagree with some of these. While LD makes some good points I think LG answers them well. For me a key weakness is discussed toward the 2nd half of this article: . Yes I know it's the onlinegooner and I'm not crazy about most of the stuff on there but I like that particular writer's analyses on tactics, formations, etc.
06/10/2011 17:12:00
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